Jantje Scheele went with her church service group to pack food at Feed My Starving Children. Volunteer labor is used to pack the thousands of packages of rice meals that are sent around the world for distribution. While she was here we picked up 25 cases of rice meals, called Manna Packs. It was neat for her to see that packages that her group were packed reach the ones who need food assistance. We give thanks to all those volunteers who pack these meals. She could see first-hand that the efforts of the volunteers reach those in need :)
This young boy is recuperating from surgery. he is quite an acive boy and they had to cover his hands so that he wouldn't touch his head.
Another baby resting after surgery.
It is amazing to see these children have the opportunity for an improved life.
We took a drive out to Paulna's village so that the visitors could see what life is like in a Haitian village. We know the people of Bonnette and have helped some of the children there in the past. As we were walking we see a flock of sheep walking by.
They were heading to the spring to drink.
In the area where the people live scrub brush and cactus grows. Here are more sheep walking past a dead tree.
We were heading towards Paulna's family home.
The area near the spring is green. This pasture is used by cattle to graze.
One of Paulna's neighbours' is the local "hougan" or witchdoctor.
Hanging from the tree are various voudou charms.
They are used in offerings to the spirits.
Near her home is a voodoo cross. An offering of a small bottle of rum is attached to the cross. There is a spiritual battle in Haiti between the cross of Christ and the cross of voudou. It is comforting to know that the cross of Christ is triumphant. Christ paid the price for all our sins. We don't need to make offerings to keep the spirits happy. We rejoice that on Easter we celebrate the risen Christ. One day Christ will return and the voudou cross will stand no more.
This is Paulna's family home.
2 lambs are resting in the shade by the door of her family's home.
A donkey is tied to a scrub brush.
A different voudou cross not far from her home.
We passed young children on their way to get water for their family. Noice the young child carrying a small bucket. From an early age the children learn to haul water.
They took a rest near Paulna's aunts house. Her aunt is leaning on the doorframe of her home.
This is the typical Haitian home in the countryside. This home is quite large. The frame is made of small trunks/branches of trees .
The front door and 2 wooden windows are in place.
Hand-made shutters and windo frame.
A typical door frame.
The walls are made by weaving small sticks. Once the walls are in place mud is stuccoed on and then the house is white washed.
A view of a side door to the home.
The neighborhood is cactus and scrub brush with no shade in site. The temperature seems to be always hotter here. It doesn't take long to dehydrate.
We went a visited a couple of handicapped children that we check up on each time we visit the village.
Williamise is a hydrocephalus girl who now walks! She can walk and has good speech. It is amazing that she does this without ever having had a surgery. Her head just stopped growing. The father wouldn't allow her to have surgery and all we could do was pray. Living proof that God answers prayer!
Marlene is holding the hand of a young handicapped boy.
Jantje is standing with 2 of the handicapped children.